Michael Jackson died and everyone immediately started talking about custody of his kids. That’s pretty normal I think, when anyone passes away. And I think it’s even normal that everyone should want the children to go to them. Add to that the fact that these children come with millions of dollars attached to them, and the custody battle becomes even more heated. We’ve heard of just about everyone becoming potential guardians of these children, from his mom, Katherine, to Diana Ross. And let’s not forget the biological mother of two of the children, Debbie Rowe. No one really knows where she stands on the issue. But now there’s another name being tossed into the custody ring and it’s none other than Michael’s sister, Janet.
Apparently, Michael spoke with his sister and told her that should something happen to him, he wanted the kids to go to her. Being that the children are so close to her already and the family seems to be behind her, it might just be a good fit. Unfortunately, Michael did not change his will before he died to reflect his new wishes. So, what’s the lesson here? If you want to change your will, change it. From Pop Crunch,
“Pop legend Michael Jackson wanted his baby sister, R&B diva Janet Jackson, to take care of his three children, according to a scoop featured in Britain’s Grazia Magazine on Tuesday.
The “Thriller” star — who died last month at 50 — had reportedly discussed his wishes for his kids – Prince Michael I, 12, Paris, 11, and Prince Michael II, 7 — to be raised by his single sis in the event of his death and was even planning to draft a new will to reflect that wish.
“There was a lot of rifts in the family, but Janet was the one person he spoke to regularly and he made sure the children kept in touch with her too,” a source said. “Ultimately, he wanted Janet to look after the children, with help from his mother Katherine, and was planning to draft a new will to reflect those wishes. He trusted Janet implicitly.”
So will Janet get the kids? I guess only if his mother is willing to give up her legal guardianship. As it stands, I don’t really know why we’re even discussing who will get custody. If Michael’s will states that he wants his mom to get them, shouldn’t that be the end of it? Isn’t that the entire point of a will? There is also the issue of the biological mother, Debbie Rowe, and many stories have been floating around about her as well. The latest says that she accepted millions of dollars from Katherine, in exchange for the promise that she would stay out of the kids’ lives. This latest story however, has been proven untrue as Rowe’s attorney has made a statement saying that no such thing happened. From US,
“No deal has been reached between Michael Jackson’s mother and his ex-wife Debbie Rowe over the custody of the late singer’s children, a lawyer for Rowe says.
Eric George – who represents Rowe, the biological mother of Jackson’s two oldest children – is slamming a New York Post report that she has agreed to take $4 million not to challenge Katherine Jackson for custody.
“Ms. Rowe has not accepted — and will not accept — any additional financial consideration beyond the spousal support she and Michael Jackson personally agreed to several years ago,” George tells the paper in an open letter sent to Usmagazine.com.
A child custody court hearing, which had been set for this week, was delayed until next Monday at the request of lawyers for Jackson and Rowe, a court official said.”
So, is this latest statement setting the stage for Rowe to fight for custody? It sounds sort of to me like she’s making a point of saying that she doesn’t want any money, so that maybe she’ll come across as just a caring and kind mother. It really is anyone’s guess at this point. Her attorney has also made a public statement saying that Debbie Rowe has not decided whether or not she will fight for the kids.
I don’t really get the point of all this fighting over the kids. As I said before, a will is a will. What more is needed and what the heck is the point of having a will if it’s not going to be followed? I’m thinking a judge is going to say the same thing. Therefore, my prediction is that Debbie Rowe does not stand a chance at custody, if that’s a road she decides to take and that Janet might be a suitable guardian. But only if Katherine agrees to it. I don’t know, to me it all seems to be pretty cut and dry. But I suppose when there’s that much money involved, and when the deceased parent is Michael Jackson, it don’t matter if it’s black and white.